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Authorities ID officer, slain suspect in Ohio SWAT standoff

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified the officer shot during a SWAT standoff in Ohio and the man who wounded him and was then killed.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports 36-year-old Brandon Watson, a 12-year veteran of the Barberton Police Department and a member of an area SWAT team, is in stable condition after surgery at an Akron hospital. He was shot in both legs early Friday in New Franklin.

A medical examiner has identified the suspect as 49-year-old Charles Cook.

Authorities say New Franklin officers were sent to a duplex around 7 p.m. Thursday on a domestic violence call and found Cook barricaded inside a bedroom, prompting the SWAT team to respond.

Police say Cook fired rounds through the bedroom door eight hours later, wounding Watson. Other officers returned fire, killing Cook.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,

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